verb (used with object)
- to go or extend beyond the flank of (an opposing military unit); turn the flank of.
- to outmaneuver or bypass.
- to go around the flank of (an opposing army)
- to get the better of
v.1765, from out (adv.) + flank (v.). Figurative use from 1773. Related: Outflanked; outflanking.